TEENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD WITH DESIGN THINKING

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a user-centered method to solve real-world problems. It's an approach that uses creative thinking, teamwork, empathy, concept creation, prototyping and testing.

DESIGN THINKING IS ...

... a process to solve problems that focuses on understanding the people involved, the unique circumstances tied to the problem and coming up with creative, innovative and testable solutions!

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WHAT WE DO

DT4T partners teens, teachers and local nonprofits to bring a FREE design thinking program into schools

Equip educators
Real world learning
Design thinking events

DT4T partners with high school teachers and local nonprofits to provide free educational tools and curriculum to bring design thinking into the classroom. 

Design thinking provides chances for students to solve real, important problems empathetically, strategically and realistically using a tried-and-true methodology. 

Design thinking is a highly collaborative, hands on activity that allows teens to learn by doing. Click the button to learn more about the pilot program we ran this fall.

WHAT WE DO

DT4T partners teens, teachers and local nonprofits to bring a FREE design thinking program into schools

Equip educators
Real world learning
Design thinking events

DT4T partners with high school teachers and local nonprofits to provide free educational tools and curriculum to bring design thinking into the classroom. 

Design thinking provides chances for students to solve real, important problems empathetically, strategically and realistically using a tried-and-true methodology. 

Design thinking is a highly collaborative, hands on activity that allows teens to learn by doing. Click the button to learn more about the pilot program we ran this fall.

WHAT WE DO

DT4T partners with teens, teachers and local nonprofits to bring a FREE design thinking program into schools.

Train educators
Real world learning
Design thinking events
Free Startup Kit

DT4T has received a Google Education grant to fund high school teachers to attend professional development classes that will help them bring back design thinking to their classrooms. 

Design thinking provides chances for students to solve real, important problems empathetically, strategically and realistically using a tried-and-true methodology. 

Design thinking is a highly collaborative, hands on activity that allows teens to learn by doing. Click the button to learn more about our events and pilot program.

This Design Thinking Startup Kit was created by DT4T to help students and faculty jumpstart Design Thinking at their schools. Please download this to launch your first event!

OUR COMMUNITY

Why I started DT4T ...

Oliver Greenwald: "I got hooked on design thinking during a Gates invention program offered in middle school. Using my hands to create something in an invention lab was much more fun than sitting passively in a classroom. My teacher asked me only one question: “What’s your problem?” I looked at everyday problems around me to figure out how to improve them. This user-centered mindset stayed with me. I wanted as many students to discover the power of design thinking like I did, and to use it to help their communities become better places. Whether it’s working with food banks, guide dogs for the blind, or tutoring programs, I hope the resources on this site will help you spread the design thinking fever to your own school!"

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TEAM

Oliver Greenwald

Oliver is the Founder and CEO of DT4T. He is from Denver, CO. In April 2016, he appeared on ABC-TV's hit show "Shark Tank" and landed a deal with investor Barbara Corcoran for $50,000. He and his business partner pitched a product they had created using the design thinking method at age 10 called "The Drip Drop" for which they were granted a U.S. Design Patent. Oliver is a varsity tennis player, and he likes to use 3D modeling software, create apps, and dream up new inventions. Most recently he created a TextBot app which he sold to schools in Denver to streamline their internal campus communication. His favorite sports team is the Broncos and he's a tough competitor in his fantasy football league.

Max von Schroeter

Max is the President of the East Coast branch of DT4T. He is from Wellesley, MA. Max is a student at the Noble and Greenough school where he is a writer for the school newspaper and member of the Nobles stock algorithm club (STAC). STAC uses spreadsheets created by the club members to identify trends in the stock market that can be used to influence investment decisions. In February 2017, Max recruited a dynamic student team in the Boston area to use the design thinking process for social impact. They created a community project to solve the problem of finding affordable sports attire for student athletes. They designed a clothing rental solution which is now in its second prototype and operating in Dedham, MA.

Chloe Goldman

Chloe is the President of the Mid-Atlantic branch of DT4T. She is from Chappaqua, NY, and attends Horace Greeley High School, where she’s pursuing an independent study focused on wearable tech. In addition to working with DT4T, Chloe is the Co-Editor in Chief for her school’s art and literary magazine Satori, as well as Art Editor for her school’s satirical newspaper The Rant. She also works at the counter of her town’s local ice cream shop. Chloe is recruiting a passionate design thinking student team and joining forces with the Greeley Invention Group to expand their impact and resources for an upcoming social impact project in Fall 2017. An important goal for the Mid-Atlantic branch is to help students learn to apply design thinking skills into their everyday life.

Willa Sobel

Willa is the President of the Midwest branch of DT4T. She is from Denver, CO. She is a varsity tennis player, commentary editor for the school newspaper and is active in Mock Trial. She co-founded the Global Awareness Club which focuses on social action and building awareness of political and cultural events around the world. Willa serves on the regional board of the Rocky Mountain Region BBYO and the board of Breakthrough Kent Denver which provides educational opportunities for urban middle school students. She became interested in design thinking during the Gates Invention program in middle school where she placed as a finalist for her invention called the “Purse Guard," a product extension for grocery carts that keeps purses safe from theft while shopping.

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Liz Gerber

Dr. Gerber is an Associate Professor of Design at Northwestern, Faculty Founder of Design for America, Co-Founder of the Delta Lab, and Director of the Segal Research Cluster. Her research focuses on how technology and organizations foster collective innovation. Dr. Gerber helped to develop the business and design initiative at the Stanford d.school

Dr. Christian Terwiesch

Dr. Terwiesch is a Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. His latest book, Innovation Tournaments, has lead to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world. He hosts a national radio show on Sirius XM called “When Things Go Wrong.” 

Lorie Loeb

Lorie Loeb is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth, Director of the Digital Arts Programs, Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab and co-Founder of TellEmotion, a social entrepreneurship start-up. Her focus is creating well-designed technology tools that change the way people think and behave.

Rob Calvey

Rob Calvey develops design thinking and leadership training for students as Design for America's instructional coordinator, where he has overseen design thinking training for thousands of students. Rob works to help develop new studios and improve the outcomes for teams and mentors across the DFA network.

Dr. Sheila Pontis

Dr. Pontis is a Lecturer at Princeton, teaching creativity, innovation & design, honorary research associate at University College London (UK), and partner at Sense Information Design LLC, an NYC design consultancy. Her research focuses on understanding the problem-solving process and how people make sense of and interact with information. 

Dr. David Wang

Dr. Wang is a professor at M.I.T. teaching Autonomous Robot Design. He is Co-Founder of NuVu, a full-time innovation and design-thinking school in Cambridge, MA started by MIT faculty and researchers. His PhD at MIT focused on planning for autonomous systems and he has worked for Draper Labs, Northrop, and Boeing.

Matthew Nash

Matthew T.A. Nash teaches courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship at Duke University and is a managing director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a fellow and past executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, where he co-founded the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke.

Heather Corcoran

Heather Corcoran is a designer and a writer. She is Professor of Design and Director of College & Graduate School of Art at Washington UniversityHer work explores relationships of information and expression for social impact. She introduces design thinking to school leaders in St. Louis. Her blog is corcoranfordesign.com

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Oliver Greenwald - Founder

Oliver is from Denver, CO. In April 2016, he appeared on ABC-TV's hit show "Shark Tank" and landed a deal with investor Barbara Corcoran for $50,000. He and his business partner pitched a product they had created using the design thinking method at age 10 called "The Drip Drop" for which they were granted a U.S. Design Patent. Oliver is a varsity tennis, lacrosse, and basketball player, and he likes to use 3D modeling software, create apps, and dream up new inventions. Most recently he created the app "TextBot", which he sold to schools in Denver to streamline their internal campus communication. His favorite sports team is the Broncos and he's a tough competitor in his fantasy football league.

Amish Gupta - President

Amish is from Cupertino, CA and is a student at Cupertino High School. In addition to working with DT4T, he is a leader of iDEA, a global nonprofit that is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial and technological skills at local schools. Furthermore, he actively attends hackathons, collaborating with various teens across California. He co-founded his own hackathon, Silicon Valley Hacks. SVHacks had over 100 enthusiastic teens who competed in teams to build an applications. He hopes to use Design Thinking to solve environmental crises in developing countries. As an active Boy Scout, Amish loves the outdoors and participating in community projects; his favorite National Park is Yosemite.

Joseph is from Wellesley, MA. He is a student at Milton Academy where he plays football and basketball and is a member of the Mitones a cappella group and is active in Milton Community Engagement. Joseph is an experienced direct care provider for special needs adults through Special Olympics and the Charles River Center. He is passionate about deploying the design thinking process for social impact and is currently engaged in finding ways to improve lives of special needs families by improving the matching process where families find ideal programming for their young adults

Willa is from Denver, CO. She is a varsity tennis player, commentary editor for the school newspaper and is active in Mock Trial. She co-founded the Global Awareness Club which focuses on social action and building awareness of political and cultural events around the world. Willa serves on the regional board of the Rocky Mountain Region BBYO and the board of Breakthrough Kent Denver which provides educational opportunities for urban middle school students. She became interested in design thinking during the Gates Invention program in middle school where she placed as a finalist for her invention called the “Purse Guard," a product extension for grocery carts that keeps purses safe from theft while shopping.

Chloe is from Chappaqua, NY, and attends Horace Greeley High School, where she’s pursuing an independent study focused on wearable tech. In addition to working with DT4T, Chloe is the Co-Editor in Chief for her school’s art and literary magazine Satori, as well as Art Editor for her school’s satirical newspaper The Rant. She also works at the counter of her town’s local ice cream shop. Chloe is recruiting a passionate design thinking student team and joining forces with the Greeley Invention Group to expand their impact and resources for an upcoming social impact project in Fall 2017. An important goal for the Mid-Atlantic branch is to help students learn to apply design thinking skills into their everyday life.

Reily is from Piedmont, CA. Reily is a student at Bentley High School. He leads fundraising and outreach for his local robotics team, which went to Regionals. He has also run robotics workshops for Richmond College Preparatory, an award-winning elementary school serving an economically disadvantaged community. He is the U.S. student representative for a rural scholarship program in a small town in China and visits this village regularly. Reily is interested in using design thinking to develop solutions for streamlining automobile and airline travel for the elderly.

Kelly is a student at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA. She has worked extensively to serve the community by combining her leadership skills and the humanities to advocate for sustainability, social justice, and change in the community. Kelly founded JFK Green Commuters, a program that promotes awareness of sustainability and alternative transportation after she received the City of Cupertino’s Sustainability Student Grant. Kelly is passionate about design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She was the President of the Columbia Business School Venture For All Club at Kennedy Middle School Division, and the mission of the club was to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem through innovation, mentorship, and education. Moreover, she was on the Selection Committee for the TEDxYouth@TorreAve (Innovation: Outside of the Box). She is committed to using human-centered approaches to solve problems and have social impacts. Kelly is the Chair of the City of Cupertino Teen Commission as one of her biggest dreams is to improve the quality of life in her community. As the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter, Kelly strives to help teens develop design thinking skills, and discover and create all kinds of possibilities. 

2 More Chapters Launching Soon!

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Liz Gerber

Dr. Gerber is an Associate Professor of Design at Northwestern, Faculty Founder of Design for America, Co-Founder of the Delta Lab, and Director of the Segal Research Cluster. Her research focuses on how technology and organizations foster collective innovation. Dr. Gerber helped to develop the business and design initiative at the Stanford d.school

Dr. Sheila Pontis

Dr. Pontis is a Lecturer at Princeton, teaching creativity, innovation & design, honorary research associate at University College London (UK), and partner at Sense Information Design LLC, an NYC design consultancy. Her research focuses on understanding the problem-solving process and how people make sense of and interact with information. 

Lorie Loeb

Lorie Loeb is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth, Director of the Digital Arts Programs, Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab and co-Founder of TellEmotion, a social entrepreneurship start-up. Her focus is creating well-designed technology tools that change the way people think and behave.

Rob Calvey

Rob Calvey develops design thinking and leadership training for students as Design for America's instructional coordinator, where he has overseen design thinking training for thousands of students. Rob works to help develop new studios and improve the outcomes for teams and mentors across the DFA network.

Matthew Nash

Matthew T.A. Nash teaches courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship at Duke University and is a managing director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a fellow and past executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, where he co-founded the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke.

Dr. David Wang

Dr. Wang is a professor at M.I.T. teaching Autonomous Robot Design. He is Co-Founder of NuVu, a full-time innovation and design-thinking school in Cambridge, MA started by MIT faculty and researchers. His PhD at MIT focused on planning for autonomous systems and he has worked for Draper Labs, Northrop, and Boeing.

Dr. Christian Terwiesch

Dr. Terwiesch is a Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. His latest book, Innovation Tournaments, has lead to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world. He hosts a national radio show on Sirius XM called “When Things Go Wrong.” 

Heather Corcoran

Heather Corcoran is a designer and a writer. She is Professor of Design and Director of College & Graduate School of Art at Washington UniversityHer work explores relationships of information and expression for social impact. She introduces design thinking to school leaders in St. Louis. Her blog is corcoranfordesign.com

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